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Where do I live:

Regina, Saskatchewan, which is located on Treaty 4 Territory, the original lands of the Cree, Ojibwe, Saulteaux, Dakota, Nakota, Lakota, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.

What I'm reading:

In  2020, I have read:

  • The Art of Marketing, by Seth Godin (reread)
  • The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood
  • The Marrow Thieves, by Cherie Dimaline
  • The Art of Possibility, by Benjamin Zander and Rosamun Stone Zander
  • Dark Matter, by Blake Crouch
  • Impro, by Keith Johnstone
  • The Artist's Way, by Julie Cameron (reread)
  • Immediate Fiction (reading)

Favourite drinks:

Coffee (grind myself, no cream, no sugar); Soda Stream water (no flavouring); and on occasion beer, scotch, or port.

Favourite food:

Ice cream, apples, burger (either non-meat/meat), Honey Nut Cheerios.

Exercise:

Walks, hikes, runs, weights.

Hobbies:

Reading, camping, photography, occasionally building stuff with wood.

My Favorite Tools:

Favourite Books/Short Stories:

  • In Our Time, by Ernest Hemingway
  • Casting the Runes, by M.R. James
  • The Great God Pan, by Arthur Machen
  • A River Runs Through It, by Norman MacLean
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, by Stephen King
  • Cat's Eye, by Margaret Atwood
  • Macbeth, by William Shakespeare
  • Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
  • Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton

Favourite Films

  • Empire Strikes Back, by Irvin Kershner
  • Three Colors Trilogy, Kyzystof Kieślowski
  • L'Aventtura, by Michelangelo Antonioni
  • Earth, by Alexander Dovzhenko
  • Rear Window, by Alfred Hitchcock
  • Primer, by Shane Carruth
  • Pride and Prejudice, by Joe Wright
  • Mad Max: Fury Road by George Miller
  • Last Year at Marienbad, by  Alain Resnais
  • When Harry Met Sally, by Rob Reiner

Favourite Writing Book

  • Immediate Fiction, by Jerry Cleaver
  • The Screenwriter's Bible, by David Trottier
  • Save the Cat, by Blake Snyder
  • The Writer's Journey, by Christopher Vogler
  • The Poetics, by Aristotle
  • An Actor Prepares, by Constantin Stanislavski
  • Actions: The Actor's Thesaurus, by Marina Caldarone & Maggie Llord_William
  • Writing Without Teachers, by Peter Elbow
  • The Art of the Playwright, by William Packard
  • A good grammar handbook

Books That May or May Not Be About Writing That I Applied to Writing

  • The Power of Myth, by Joseph Campbell
  • The Natural Way to Draw, by Kimon Nicolaïdes
  • The Obstacle is the Way, by Ryan Holiday
  • Man's Search for Meaning, by Victor Frankl
  • The Art of Possibility, by Benjamin Zander and Rosamun Stone Zander
  • Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, by Betty Edwards
  • Film Form, by Sergei Eisenstein
  • How to Read a Film, by James Monaco
  • The Dialogic Imagination, by M.M. Bakhtin

Books that Have Guided Me (so far)

  • The Letters of a Stoic, by Seneca
  • A Grief Observed, by C.S. Lewis
  • Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius
  • The Artist's Way, by Julia Cameron
  • Road Less Travelled, M. Scott Peck
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Steven Covey
  • What Should I Do With My Life, by Po Bronson
  • The Ego is the Enemy, by Ryan Holiday
  • Deep Work, by Cal Newport
  • Atomic Habits, by James Clear
  • Essentialism, by Greg McKeown

Favourite Business Books for Making a Living as  a Writer

  • This is Marketing, by Seth Godin
  • The $100 Startup, by Chris Guillebeau
  • Ziglar on Selling, by Zig Ziglar
  • How to Win Friends and Inflece People, by Dale Carnegie
  • Show Your Work, by Austin Kleon
  • Anything You Want, by Derek Sivers
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